Preterm delivery prognosis test
What is fFN protein?
The fFN protein is produced by fetal cells and appears in the vaginal secretions of pregnant women. fFN's levels in vaginal secretions, increase during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy but decrease from the 24th to the 34th week. This protein literally holds the embryo in place in the uterus and if detected in vaginal secretions, it is a potential sign of premature labour. The test can be done between the 24th and 34th weeks of pregnancy.
The warning signs of preterm labor include:
- Frequent contractions (a tightening sensation in the abdomen).
- Continuous annoyance - pain - low pressure in the waist.
- Mild abdominal cramps.
- Vaginal spotting or bleeding.
- Watery vaginal discharge.
- Change in normal vaginal secretions.
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